The Right to Be Safe

Key Fact

What are rights?

A right is something you are entitled to.

Top Tips

Remember

  • You have the right to feel safe and be happy.
  • Learn to recognise your feelings. If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable tell an adult you trust.
  • The Law says that the Police and social workers must listen to you and help you if you report that you are being hurt in some way.
  • Some secrets are good secrets – for example what you have bought your mum for her birthday - but some secrets can be bad or hurtful. They can make you feel sad or frightened. Never promise to keep a bad secret, for example a stranger asking to meet you and telling you not to tell anyone.
  • There are lots of people who can help you if you are being treated badly or hurting in some way.
  • Childline helps very many children. Phone 0800 1111 if you need to talk.
  • If you call Childline, the number will not show up on the bill. You can also immediately phone another number straight after you have hung up. No one will then be able to redial the last number called.
  • Every child has the right to feel safe and to be looked after properly and to have a say in what happens to them. You are not alone, you can take control by doing some of the following:
    • contacting the Police or another adult you trust,
    • telling a friend, and
    • avoiding situations with the person who frightens you or treats you badly.

Things to Make You Think!

PC Jones says:

  • An unhealthy relationship is one where you might be made to feel bad or to do something you think is wrong.
  • There are healthy and unhealthy relationships. A relationship can be unhealthy even when you are very close to the person or if you love the other person.
  • One in every 3 children gets bullied. No one deserves to be bullied – ever!
  • Remember that domestic abuse can take many forms. Learn to recognise when it is happening to you or someone you know.

Introduction

Your school police officer will help you understand

  • that you have the right to feel safe,
  • that relationships can be positive and negative, and
  • what you can do and who to go to, when you feel unsafe.

PC Wyman’s Advice

PC Wyman’s Advice

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Question and Answer

Question: Do I have any rights as I am only a child?
Answer: Yes, you have. Countries belonging to the United Nations (UN) have all agreed that everyone should look after children and their rights. You have rights to be safe, an education, a home, be healthy and many more including a right to be heard and listened to.
Question: My cousin says I am a bully because I always call her four-eyes. It’s only a bit of fun isn’t it? She is family!
Answer:

No, it is not fun to call someone hurtful names. Your cousin is upset by your behaviour.

Don’t forget you can stop and can treat your cousin with respect in future.

Question: What is child abuse?
Answer: Child abuse is when an adult treats a child very badly. The adult might kick, hit, swear at or punch the child or touch them in a way that makes them feel very frightened and uncomfortable. This abuse is wrong and is NEVER the child’s fault.
Question: Do social workers take children away from their families?
Answer: Social workers will do everything they can to help a family sort out its problems. If it is unsafe for the children to stay with their family, Social Services will find another family for the children to stay with.

If you need help, phone ChildLine on

0800 1111

Calls are free from most mobiles and landlines.

Your call will not show up on the bill.